iRest® Yoga Nidra for Lawyers has been approved by certain state bars for continuing legal education credits. The CLE course addresses the challenges to lawyers in managing daily and extraordinary mental and physical demands by introducing the practical self-care tool called Integrative Restoration® Yoga Nidra (www.iRest.us) as a preventive and proactive approach to finding and maintaining a healthy quality of life and balance and preventing substance abuse and/or burnout throughout a successful legal career. It is designed to help attorneys living high demand lives to perform at optimal levels and to improve subjective well-being and positivism.
iRest® Yoga Nidra was developed by Richard Miller, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, author and researcher who worked with the military to bring this tool to Walter Reed Medical Center and other U.S. military settings to help soldiers and veterans heal from post traumatic stress, depression, insomnia, chronic pain and other stress-related issues. Extensive scientific research has demonstrated that iRest® Yoga Nidra increases energy, confidence, happiness, and a sense of control and peace. The iRest® Yoga Nidra protocol is currently being used across a wide array of settings including military, VA, chemical dependency centers, hospitals, colleges and many others.
In this course atttorneys learn the iRest® protocol; benefits of iRest®; overview of iRest® programs; research on brain, nervous system, sleep and neuroscience. Teaching includes lecture, interactive dialog, demonstration, and first-hand experiential guided practices. Lawyers develop a working knowledge of iRest® affording them the ability to easily use it in their daily lives. The course also zeros in on specific Ethics and Professionalism issues and how regular iRest® practice can put attorneys in a better position to recognize and resolve their ethical and professional dilemmas as well as helping them to better respond to the pressures and stresses of the legal profession.
In research studies iRest® has been shown to allow brain waves to slow down in order to experience deep relaxation and a state of restful alertness. Practitioners experience the effects of three to four hours of sleep in less than thirty minutes, and complete the practice clear headed and ready to resume work. Additionally research studies show that regular practice of iRest® Yoga Nidra increase serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, the “feel good” chemicals of the brain, and reduce toxic cortisol release during stress, resulting in significantly lower levels of anxiety, depression and anger.
The results of regular iRest® practice can help lawyers decrease stress; decrease reactivity to stressful situations; decrease insomnia and other sleep disturbances; and improve interpersonal relationships. Lawyers may also discover marked improvement in concentration, listening skills, clarity of thinking, creativity, problem solving and patience.
What lawyers and paralegals are saying about iRest® for Lawyers:
“The legal profession is challenging and stressful. To be a "well attorney" requires more than average stress management. iRest is a power tool for attorneys.”
“I felt refreshed physically, mentally and emotionally after practicing iRest. I really liked the chance to experience something that can bring about such powerful change.”